Empowering Education Grants

Our new Empowering Education Grant Program will give each school district in our service area a chance to earn a $500 grant.

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative is proud to introduce a new grant program designed to give each school district in our service territory an education grant of up to $500 each year.

The Empowering Education Grant Program is designed to help fund projects that will inspire and benefit students. Eastern Illini’s President/CEO Bob Hunzinger noted, “We are excited to be able to help students in our communities. With our service territory being so spread out, we think this grant program is a practical way to reach our entire service territory.”

Hunzinger continued, “School funding is often tenuous. We hope this new grant program will give teachers the opportunity to engage their students with projects that otherwise wouldn’t be funded.”

The grant program is easy to apply for, and the simple application form is on our website. For the first round each school year, every district (public or private) that has students from Eastern Illini member families is eligible to be awarded a grant. We will select one grant recipient from each district.

If all of the grant dollars are not distributed in the first round, a second round may award additional grants to a district.

Grants will be awarded based on several factors, including how many students the project will impact, how innovative the project is, and how the project fosters creative learning experiences for students.




Who is eligible?
Any teacher who teaches grades K-12 at any public or private school located in Eastern Illini’s service territory is eligible to apply for an Eastern Illini Electric Co-op Empowering Education Grant.

When is the deadline?
The deadline for the 2017/18 school year program is December 1, 2017.

Can multiple teachers from the same school apply?
Yes, but each school district is only guaranteed one grant per year. If additional funds are available, a district could earn more than one grant.

Can a teacher apply for multiple grants?
No, a teacher may only apply for one grant per school year.

Do the grant requests have to be for energy or electricity projects?
No! Any project that positively impacts students is eligible for an Empowering Education Grant.

What is the maximum grant amount?
The maximum grant amount for each grant is $500. Some grant requests may be partially funded.

What qualities is Eastern Illini looking for in the grant applications?
Several qualities, including innovative learning experiences for students, a clearly defined plan of implementation, how it directly involves students, and providing an adequate budget summary.

When will I know if I have been awarded a grant?
Grant winners will be notified as they are approved. There is no set time frame on announcements.

Who judges the applications?
A panel of judges will review the applications and select the Eastern Illini Empowering Education Grant recipients.

Does Eastern Illini accept applications from private schools?
Yes! Our program accepts applications from private schools.